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Old 09-23-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Some interesting TXDOT title info

Folks always have questions about what to do when they buy or sell a vehicle. My wife's renewal notice had an informative flyer about vehicle title maintenance.

If you are the seller:
1) File a vehicle transfer notification form vtr-346 online at www.txdot.gov free of charge(before now it cost $5). This tells txdot that you no longer own the vehicle and are not responsible for violations such as parking tickets, toll charges, etc. You only have 30 days after the sale to do this to make sure you are liability free.
2) Sign over the title and complete your section of the 130-u form which can be printed from the www.txdot.gov site. Record the date of sale and the buyers name, address, phone number, and drivers lic. number. (I believe you have to put this info on the vtr-346 form)
3) You can keep the license plate or plates. Peel the registration sticker from the windshield too. You can have the license plate transfered to another of your vehicles for a $5 fee at the tax office.

If you are a buyer:
1) Make sure you are getting a clean title. Take the seller with you to the tax office to make sure the title is clean.
2) Ask for vehicle records such as the registration receipt. Make sure to get seller's info. (from his drivers license.)
3)Title the vehicle in your name. You have 20 bus. days or there will be a $25 penalty and $25 additional each month you are late. Remember, if you dont have the 130-u form signed by the seller you cant transfer the title.
4) Download a Temporary Vehicle Transit Permit at www.txdot.gov if the seller keeps his plates. It is required to legally drive the vehicle to the tax office for transfer.

Just because someone has a blue title in hand does not mean there isnt a lein on it. If you suspect for a minute that a seller is shady, get them to the tax office to finish the transfer. If they refuse to go, you are taking a huge risk.

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Ok I have a question, If you pay off your car from a dealership. How long do you have to get it put in your name?

will you incur and fees or fines if has been a year or more?
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Ok I have a question, If you pay off your car from a dealership. How long do you have to get it put in your name?

will you incur and fees or fines if has been a year or more?
You have 20 bus. days from the dated relinquished paperwork of a dealer. I am assuming you mean a used car lot.
If the transfer papers from the dealer are dated further back than 20 bus. days, yes, you will be charged the $25 a month late penalty. A lot of the smaller dealers keep the title and relinquish it at payoff. Ligitimate dealerships, or loan institutions I should say, issue a lienholders title right after you buy the car and send a blue clear title within 2 weeks of payoff. It is free and clear in your name at the moment you get it in the mail. No transfer necessary because all the fees and taxes are part of the purchase loan agreement.
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This needs to be a sticky... I see plenty of threads with issues/questions when it comes to selling/buying and transferring...
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This needs to be a sticky... I see plenty of threads with issues/questions when it comes to selling/buying and transferring...
Already is...

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=107725
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Great Info. Always get a title and not just a Bill-OF-Sale! The bill of sale will not hold up in court if need be. I had a friend but a Dozer and all the seller could give him was a bill of sale, well to make a long story short it still had leins on it for many thousands of dollars and he lost lots of money and the dozer, same thing can happen with bikes and cars.
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